2014 Mazda 3 Long-Term Road Test - Maintenance
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2014 Mazda 3: Third Service

January 9, 2015

2014 Mazda 3

The orange wrench indicating a scheduled service for our 2014 Mazda 3 illuminated again. This marked the third time during its year with us. In addition to the routine oil change and tire rotation, we asked Santa Monica Mazda to investigate a slight pulsation under medium braking and a creaking noise made over bumps. We had a couple of final trips planned and wanted to make sure the car was in tip-top shape before we left town.  

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2014 Mazda 3: Second Scheduled Service, Suspension Noises

December 30, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

For the second time in less than 20,000 miles, our long-term 2014 Mazda 3 is in need of a trip to the dealer. A little wrench appeared on the gauge cluster this week and it led me to this service menu on the center touchscreen. This would typically mean a maintenance visit with an oil change and tire rotation but unfortunately, there are some strange noises and vibrations coming from underneath the Mazda that need to be addressed as well.

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2014 Mazda 3: Suspension Noise Fix

November 3, 2014

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Last we left our 2014 Mazda 3, there was a crazy noise coming from the front left suspension. We dropped it off at the dealer (that's what warranties are for) and had you take your best guess at the cause while we waited.

It's fixed and nobody was even close.

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2014 Mazda 3: Suspension Noise

October 24, 2014

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This is what I get for trying to enjoy the weather and driving with my windows down.

Driving down the absurdly unkempt Wilshire Blvd here in Los Angeles, our 2014 Mazda 3 sounded like it was being followed by a dryer with a fork in it.

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2014 Mazda 3: Software Update

October 13, 2014

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A few days ago we got an email from Mazda asking us if we'd take our 2014 Mazda 3 to get a software update for the Mazda Connect infotainment/navigation system. We replied that we just had an update that was part of our 15,000-mile service. But apparently an even newer update had just been released.

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2014 Mazda 3: 15,000-Mile Service

September 23, 2014

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It's been about 7,500 miles since we brought our 2014 Mazda 3 in for regular scheduled maintenance. The Mazda bellowed "FEED ME OIL" by way of its little orange wrench lighting up last week. We obliged by taking it to nearby Santa Monica Mazda for its 15,000-mile service.

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2014 Mazda 3: Dash Creak Is Back

September 4, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

Back in May I took our 2014 Mazda 3 to the dealer for its first service and to have a TSB repair performed to eliminate the dash creak. I drove the car last week for the first time since then and it's clear the creak is back. However, since then I've made a discovery.

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2014 Mazda 3: Windshield Washers Serviced

July 09, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

One day recently, the windshield washers in our long-term 2014 Mazda 3 refused to wash the associated windshield.

Instead of being deposited on the windshield, the washing agent would collect in a puddle beneath the car. Great for keeping the pavement hydrated; suboptimal when it comes to having an optically transparent windshield.

Cue ominous music?

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2014 Mazda 3: First Service, TSB

May 16, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

I took our 2014 Mazda 3 to Mazda of Orange last week for its first service which included an oil change, tire rotation and curing of the windshield creak, a known issue handled via a technical service bulletin.

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2014 Mazda 3: Tapping Noises

March 21, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

A couple of weeks ago Mike Magrath mentioned squeaking noises coming from our long-term 2014 Mazda 3.

I drove this car for the first time last night. As I was slowly making my way along the freeway at about 20 mph, I noticed tapping noises. They seemed to be coming from under my feet, behind the steering column and from the passenger door.

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2014 Mazda 3 S: Check Engine Light Is Off

February 10, 2014

2014 Mazda 3 S

Ed was driving our 2014 Mazda 3 when the check engine light, along with several others, lit up. We took it to the dealer the next morning. Before pulling into the service drive, we plugged our OBD code reader into the Mazda to see what we could learn...

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2014 Mazda 3 S: We Might Have a Problem

January 31, 2014

2014 Mazda 3 S

See all those warning lights on the gauge cluster? They weren't there when I started driving home last night, but they lit up like that twice after some odd noises from down below.

The first time around I was just putting along in traffic at around 15 or 20 mph when I felt a sizable clunk from the transmission. Then the warning lights came on and the car felt like it was in some sort of limp mode. I got off at the next exit and headed for a parking lot. Along the way the transmission felt like it had no fluid in it, with lots of spinning gears and not much forward movement.

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